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Putting the future in its place: comparing innovation moments in genetic diagnostics and telemedicine

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JournalNew Genetics and Society
DatePublished - Apr 2000
Issue number1
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)49-75
Original languageEnglish


Health care professionals today struggle to establish strategic directions for the future, in part because of the continuing uncertainties engendered by innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Emerging technologies such as genetics and information technology pose acute challenges for healthcare professionals in respect to questions of service provision, organizational change and the meaning of health and illness. This paper contrasts two areas of health technology development in the UK, genetics diagnostics and telemedicine, and asks how diverse actors attempt to manage innovation. Several key dimensions are elaborated for understanding the future-orientated dynamics at work in emerging health innovation areas. In so doing, this paper examines how the unique attributes of both areas entail differing opportunities and constraints far mobilizing 'the future'.

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